SPRINT – 2nd Edition 2019: Guidelines University of Surrey 

Specific requests for proposals submissions from researchers of the University of Surrey

FAPESP and the University of Surrey, signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on 14th March 2016, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the United Kingdom, and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

Under the referred Agreement, as an action to promote such collaboration, FAPESP and the University of Surrey make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 2nd Edition 2019 ( and hereinafter set forth.

1. Eligibility from the University of Surrey

1.1. Eligibility to submit proposals within the scope of this Call:

a. Project proposals are invited from permanent faculty staff from all academic disciplines at the University of Surrey.

1.2. Eligibility for the exchange activities within the scope of this Call:

a. The project proposal may include exchange visits of staff (researchers) and PhD students, as well as mobility as part of workshops and scientific seminars.

b. The proposals must aim to respect the principle of reciprocity with regard to academic qualifications of those who will take part in the exchange activities.

c. Eligibility of research partners in the State of São Paulo should observe the items 3.1 and 4.2 of FAPESP call (

d. Considering the principle of reciprocity, FAPESP exceptionally may either support PhD students from São Paulo state to take part in the scientific missions. In this case, the PhD student(s) must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission to the partner institution.

2. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals from all academic disciplines, with no specific limitation to thematic areas.

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is two years (24 months).

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and the University of Surrey

6th May, 2019

Closing date for submission of proposals

29th July, 2019

Successful proposals notified after

25th October, 2019

5. Funding principles

5.1. FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of £6,000 pound sterling per proposal per year and the University of Surrey will provide funding of up to £6,000 per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover research-related mobility expenses, under the provisions of Clause 5 of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (

5.2. FAPESP and the University of Surrey will fund a maximum of 4 approved proposals.

6. Proposal characteristics for University of Surrey researchers:

The proposal shall be composed of:

a. A Research Project having a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, written in English jointly by the Principal Investigator at the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo and the Principal Investigator at the University of Surrey. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and an identical copy to the University of Surrey.

b. Additional documents required by the University of Surrey:

6.1 As described at ( the Research Project must include the following items:

a. A substantive description of the exchange activities, emphasizing their relevance. The proposal must state clearly how the exchange activities to be carried out by each team will contribute to the ongoing research project funded by FAPESP and to the research being carried out by the partner researcher at the University of Surrey; 

b. Detailed schedule of the exchange missions to be carried out by the University of Surrey team at the São Paulo institution and the São Paulo team at the University of Surrey;

c. Performance indicators for the planned activities, indicating the expected results;  

d. A description of each candidate’s contribution to the mission, explaining their expertise to carry out the foreseen activities;  

e. Foreseen actions that will add to the impact of the exchange for the University of Surrey and for the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo, e.g. by means of seminars, short courses etc.;  

f. Description of how the Principal Investigators in São Paulo and in the University of Surrey intend to prepare a joint research project, resulting from the exchange activities developed from the proposal submitted in this Call, to be submitted to research funding agencies accessible in their regions in order to create a medium-long-term collaboration (up to one page).  

6.2 The following additional documents required by USAL:

a. A completed budget form

b. Letter of Agreement of the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo to which the PI from São Paulo is affiliated. The same document is required by FAPESP in item 6.2.3 at The Letter of Agreement may be delivered after the notification of results of this call for proposals and before the grant agreement signature.

7. Submission of proposals to University of Surrey

Submissions can only be accepted by email to

8. Result of the analysis

The results will be announced on FAPESP ( and the University of Surrey ( web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

9. Contract for selected projects by the University of Surrey

Selected proposals will be expected to submit all expenses immediately following each visit and within the agreed Project period. A progress report (one side of A4) will be required following each visit to São Paulo. This report will contain a brief summary of progress and a plan of action with specific timelines detailing when research funding applications will be submitted to the chosen sponsor.

10. Grant cancellation

FAPESP or the University of Surrey may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a significant event justifies its cancellation in the assessment of the Joint Steering Committee, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

11. Information about this Call at the University of Surrey

All questions related to this Call for Proposals should be directed to:

Ms Louise Lawton
Global Engagement Officer
T: +44 1483 683131


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